Monthly Archives: February 2011

Anima Festival starts soon!

Anima, the International Animation Film Festival of Brussels will take place in Flagey from 4th to 13th March 2011. The 30th edition will be celebrated with screenings of lots of short films, workshops and special guests. The opening film is the a newest by Studio Ghibli, ‘Arrietty, the Borrower’.

More info on: www.animatv.be

 

Visit to IFFR

The International Film Festival Rotterdam celebrated their 40th edition this year with an XL program spread out across 40 locations in the city.

Enjoying a nice day in the city (and dim sum at Tai Wu ;)) I visited a few locations:

In TENT some works of Martin Arnold were screened. His name also came up in the talk of Edwin Carels at the Holland Animation Film Festival and Carels is also curator of part of the program in Rotterdam. Typically Arnold creates a mash up from Disney movies. In a small sequence he plays with time, iconic meaning and creates a whole new experience of these well known images.

A similar thing happens in the work of Guillaume Paris at the Centrum Beeldende Kunst; loops of Disney scenes become these uncanny spaces. As if the characters left the scene after shooting…

At V2_ you could experience film in 3D in the palm of your hand. A number of artists were invited to created works for iPad, iPhone Touch, etc., you can see a few results on Youtube:

After we visited the Witte de With street and area around we crossed the Erasmus bridge to the venue of the overwelming installation 12_Series by Telco Systems. In a pitch black room 12 monitors and 12 speakers react to each other to create an audiovisual world on itself.

So a really diverse program, and a great way to explore the city!

Inspiration Jeroen pt. II

Forgotten Silver

This bad-quality video is a trailer for the 1995 ‘mockumentary’ Forgotten Silver, directed by Peter Jackson and Costa Botes. It’s a documentary about lost filmmaking pioneer Colin McKenzie. After finding most of his filmmaterial, the documentary makers discover the innovations he tried (and succeeded) within filmmaking, and make an attempt in finishing his masterwork.

Inspirational because, the authenticity of the old footage, the make-believe of a true story, the combination of serious/informative and humorous/spoof (although the humor isn’t that obvious.), a film about film.

 

American Movie

Here above is a (lengthy) trailer for the documentary American Movie. It follows independent, amateur moviemaker Mark Borchardt in an attempt to finish his low-budget horror film Coven, in order to raise money for his ‘dream project’, Northwestern. You could say it’s a comedy, because it is actually quite funny, but it is also a often sad, but also inspiring story/fiml.

Inspirational because, the passion of the documentary’s subject Mark, the low-budget, do-it-yourself mentality, again a film about film.

 

The Boy With The Incredible Brain

Above is the trailer for a documentary about Daniel Tammet, a man with the savant syndrome. Daniel is a special case, because, unlike other people with savant syndrome, he is fully socially developed like any other person, but also has a special ‘gift’, which is characteristic for people with savant syndrome. He sees numbers as shapes and colors, and because of that he is able to calculate complicated math questions in his head within seconds, without solving the question, he just ‘sees’ the right answer.

Inspirational because, formost, the subject matter. It baffles me what the human brain is capable of. Besides that, the animation/visualisation in this documentary is very good, it tries to visualize something that can’t be imagined by a ‘normal’ person. And in the end, it’s just a very inspiring story.

Edutainment II

“Especially since the digital shift, the uses of animation are no longer exclusive to cinema, and animation’s origins in pre-cinematic optical experiments through avant-garde experimental film continue to evolve in fascinating ways. Artists increasingly incorporate animation in installations and exhibitions, architects use computer animation software to create narratives of space in time, and scientists use it to interpret abstract concepts for a breadth of industries ranging from biomedicine to nanoworlds”. Pervasive Animation international forum.

Some examples of educative interactive installations with elements of storytelling.

“The mouse is probably the narrowest straw you could try to suck all of human expression through.” Joy Mountford

Experimental interactive pieces – examples of animation “created” by an audience:

Messa di voice 1

Messa di voice 2

Manual Input Sessions

The dream sequence | part II

after the last lesson, we saw reaccuring elements in dreamsequences. sciccors, pyramids, warped perspectives, no speech and sound driven. It is a part of movie that gets total freedom from the viewer and from the director. The dream sequence needs reality as its nemisis to really work and be convincing. So the search continues….about dreams vs reality.

The butterfly dream  | Once Zhuangzi dreamt he was a butterfly, a butterfly flitting and fluttering around, happy with himself and doing as he pleased. He didn’t know he was Zhuangzi. Suddenly he woke up and there he was, solid and unmistakable Zhuangzi. But he didn’t know if he was Zhuangzi who had dreamt he was a butterfly, or a butterfly dreaming he was Zhuangzi. Between Zhuangzi and a butterfly there must be some distinction! This is called the Transformation of Things. (2, tr. Burton Watson 1968:49)

movies with the theme Reality vs Dream: The Matrix and Inception.


The “dream world” and the “real world”During the night there may be many external stimuli bombarding the senses, but the brain often interprets the stimulus and makes it a part of a dream in order to ensure continued sleep. Dream incorporation is a phenomenon whereby an actual sensation, such as environmental sounds, are incorporated into dreams, such as hearing a phone ringing in a dream while it is ringing in reality or dreaming of urination while wetting the bed. The mind can, however, awaken an individual if they are in danger or if trained to respond to certain sounds, such as a baby crying. Except in the case of lucid dreaming, people dream without being aware that they are doing so. Some philosophers have concluded that what we think of as the “real world” could be or is an illusion (an idea known as theskeptical hypothesis about ontology). There is a famous painting by Salvador Dalí that depicts this concept, titled “Dream Caused by the Flight of a Bee around a Pomegranate a Second Before Awakening” (1944). The first recorded mention of the idea was by Zhuangzi, and is also discussed in Hinduism makes extensive use of the argument in its writings. It was formally introduced to Western philosophy by Descartes in the 17th century in his Meditations on First Philosophy.

dreamy directors: Akira Kurosawa & Federico Fellini


Japanese animations with dreams/ dreamsequence:


Inspiration – Abattoir Ferme

Belgian Theater company Abattoir Ferme has created a style of their own. It’s an odd mix of horror, sexuality, power, violence, religious symbolism, etc, with deep subconscious psychological twist. All done in the style of b-movies, but with absolutely brilliant actors. The acting is so intense that the audience feels real fear at times.  I’ve seen four performances by them, of which one was 4,5 hour Chaos Trilogy, the best thing I’ve ever seen on stage.

 

IFF Breda – Tryout 01

Boyz working!